RTW Trip Goa, India Day 76: Goa Beach Hopping by Motorbike
We were able to enjoy the next few days with an British friend we met when we were traveling through Cambodia and Loas in 2010. At that time, he was traveling for about 2 years… I kind of think he inspired us to go on our around the world trip for a year!
In Goa, you can base yourself at one beach, and venture around the beaches of northern Goa. Our first pit stop was at Ashvem Beach, a quiet beach that had a lot of tiny crabs scurrying on the sand, some chilled out beach bars, and some pretty shallow waters. One of our friends who had previously gone to Goa really liked this beach, so we came here for a quick drink and a catch up with our traveling friend. What’s great about Goa, is that even if you just order one drink, they still allow you to sit on their beach beds all day long.
Our next stop was Arambol Beach. As soon as we were approaching the beach, there were lots of bare footed tourists riding motorbikes, head shops, and shops selling sh%catcher elephant pants (I loathe them). The crowd was mainly in their early twenties, and were ready to party. The beach wasn’t anything to write home about, and the area was reminiscent of touristy party beaches in Thailand…(aka not quite what I was looking for). If you are in Northern Goa and want to party, Arambol is hands down the place to go.
We took a brief rest on the beach, and a young and beautiful Indian girl, about the age of 10 approached me trying to sell jewelry. She laid out a bunch of bracelets and anklets, and I had absolutely no intention of buying any of them because they really aren’t my style. She got me though, and I ended up buying an anklet for a mere 50 rupees, which is less than a dollar! Immediately after purchasing the anklet, she did some sort of prayer, and told me that I was good luck for her as I was her first customer of the day. Whether or not that was true, I don’t know, but she seemed pretty serious when doing her prayer.
We then headed to Mandrem Beach, a super chill favorite, and finished the day with some aloo ghobi and veg noodles at Fishtail Restaurant at Little Vagator. For beach restaurants, we found this restaurant’s food to be better than others.
Motorbike 300 rupees
Water lime juice and beer 120 rupees
Anklet 50 rupees
Lime soda fries beer 240
Fishtail Restaurant Aloo gobi, beer, nan, veg noodle, water 440 rupees
Gas 260 rupees
Bean me up hotel 990 rupees
Total Cost: 2400 rupees / 2 = $19.29 per person
What I learned: I was worried Goa was going to be a giant trance party the whole time, but luckily, Goa has a lot to offer for a variety of travelers. If you want to party and meet other travelers, Arambol is where you want to go.
Actual date of travel: Nov. 18, 2014